Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

A Place in the Universe ; a New Work Looks at Our Relationship with Other Celestial Bodies

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

A Place in the Universe ; a New Work Looks at Our Relationship with Other Celestial Bodies

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SHOULD there ever have been an exhibition likely to remind us with the same poignancy as Monty Python's Galaxy Song that we're just a small ball of life in a much greater and littleunderstood universe, it's Katie Paterson's new show Syzygy.

The title means things in conjunction or opposition - in particular, the sun and the moon.

But Paterson's latest show explores much more than these two contrary heavenly bodies.

It asks serious questions about relativity, about our relationship beyond our own postcode, country, land, even atmosphere, to the myriad of other celestial bodies beyond Earth.

Paterson, a South Bank Sky Arts Award winner and one of the hottest emerging artists on the current British art scene, has pulled together her largest show for this Lowry event - part of the Week 53 Festival which runs until May 8 and invites audiences into the unknown and usually unexplored spaces in the Salford Quays theatre and arts space.

The show looks at time, distance, sound, and more, posing questions about our alignment in the universe.- The Lowry, Salford Quays / thelowry.com / 0843 208 6000 / April 29-July 17 / Sun-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm / Free / @The_Lowry ? NOW in its seventh year, .

Bury Art Festival has become not only a stellar showcase for the latest artists living and working in the Bury area, but also for the town's gallery.

Hosted at the Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre, the festival begins as an open call to artists in the area and culminates in a multidisciplinary feast of contemporary work that takes over much of the Edwardian building.

As well as growing into one of the most imporatnt showcases for working artists in Bury, the festival also has a very noble purpose. It's a fundraiser for Bury Hospice, and every year the donations raised go towards sponsoring a nurse to join the team currently offering crucial care for people with life limiting illness at the hospice.

The show is a commercial fair, too, a vital opportunity for artists to get in front of collectors or enthusiasts and sell their work directly.

There's even a significant cash prize up for grabs for the best in exhibition, and a people's choice gong voted for by visitors - a difficult choice in this varied show. …

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